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Dispute Over Billy Mays Autopsy Results

8/12/2009 2:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

 Dispute Over Billy Mays Autopsy ResultsThe medical examiner who performed the Billy Mays autopsy is under fire for allegedly screwing up the report -- and the man pointing the finger is one of the most famous forensic experts on the planet.

Famed medical examiner Cyril Wecht tells TMZ the people who performed Mays' autopsy were wrong to almost immediately list "heart disease" as Billy's official cause of death.

According to Wecht -- who personally reviewed the autopsy and toxicology report -- the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner should have pointed to "acute combined drug toxicity" as the cause of death.

Wecht claims the M.E. jumped the gun when they published the report and "chose to ignore the combined cumulative effects of the drugs in his system as the cause of death ... this was bad toxicology work".

The lingering question: With Billy's authorized prescription drug use, why would the M.E. be so quick to pin the cause of death on heart disease, before receiving the toxicology results?

In the end, the M.E. concluded cocaine was a contributing factor in Mays' death. There were also traces of several prescription drugs in his system, including Xanax and Vicodin.

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31.

crystal    

WILLIE MAYSSSSSSSS CAN YU HEAR ME ???????????? I want to jump up and down on your stiffy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1808 days ago
32.

Kooky Fan    

YO BILLY - STILL LOVE YOU. AT LEAST YOU DIDN'T SLEEP WITH LITTLE BOYS

1808 days ago
33.

typical    

Cocaine eh? Now we now why he had so much energy and was always screaming.

1808 days ago
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mrghj    

Um. Can't a person have heart disease AND use cocaine? I mean, they aren't mutually-exclusive things, you know. Think of the sickies who turn to drink when they're not feeling well. Or hasn't anyone with cancer ever been a meth addict? Why is it always EITHER/OR in this country of ours? Sometimes people ARE stupid AND fat. Or they're psycho AND parents of small toddlers. Or they're meat eaters (nice way of saying C*ckS#ckErs) AND Roman Catholic Priests. You don't have to pick just one thing that you're good at, you know. You can be a lot of things. Didn't Ms. Judy Garland teach us that? Singer, dancer, actress and pill popper. She could do it all!

1808 days ago
35.

PASSION OF THE TAINT    

He did seem to be very manic all the time...Now we know why...
He is only human and i still like this guy. He seemed like a good person drugs or not.

1808 days ago
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trace    

im not sure why so many people thought billy mays was so great????omg all he did was commercials and then the new show and he acted like a stuck up everything was about him ,,,,and all he is now is a crackhead

1808 days ago
37.

sawzall    

eh, if Cyril Wecht is going to review the autopsy, then they should have Michael Baden review it also.

1808 days ago
38.

Reta    

This crackhead used to (and still does by the way!) make me sick to hear him SHOUTING AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS ABOUT SOME STUPID PRODUCT! I have never bought any of his things because of it and used to change the channel or mute it. I hate him so much, even his face makes me sick to look at that ugly overly black beard. It just looks fake to me. I can't imagine living with someone like that. And dod the product people REALLY think us, the consumers love getting YELLED AT? Same with that other spaz, the guy who goes to hookers and got his tongue bit off....thank GAWD I can't remeber HIS name!!! Just stop yelling at us, I can't take it!!!!

1807 days ago
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mrghj    

I thought the funniest is when Mays started pimping for some insurance thing. lol. Screaming about coverage. It was so stupid. Why do these people get so famous and attract such a following? I mean, did the Mop'n'Glo lady ever receive such attention? Man, America is one culture starved society.

1807 days ago
40.

SAW    

I'm sure the guy was just covering for the medical industry, if anyone knew that taking perscribe medicine could lead to death, then who would take them?

1807 days ago
41.

Some Faustkateer    

Florida has the most stringent public records laws in the nation. All autopsy results are public records in FL. At keast now we know why he always TALKED SO LOUD.

1807 days ago
42.

Glen    

Wow. Who cares if the autopsy was done wrong the first time. Damn, people are uptight. It's not like the people doing the autopsy actually killed the guy. Everything has been resolved since so whoever made the error can learn from it and go on with their lives.

1787 days ago
43.

Fred    

There's very big money involved here. Never heard of Anthony Sullivan until after the time of Billy Mays death, or that dip ****
that advertizes Sham Wow. Two autopsies, two diferent results as to how he died...., something doesn't smell right.All I have to say is that Anthony Sullivan, and what ever that other
idiots name is, you two will never compare, or even come close to the caliber of that of Billy Mays. As for the autopsies,... I smell
COVER UP PERIOD

1493 days ago
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